The Ugly Truth, Lies, and Exposure

 

God’s Promise – I am the Truth

The ugly truth is being exposed every day, and the quick response from corporate owners is, we were there for you until we weren’t, we’ve made mistakes, and the consequence is that you no longer trust us. We want to earn your trust back.

Can we earn truth, or is it something given with the hope that it will be fulfilled? Our society is caught in a truth debacle. This is not a new phenomenon.  The difference now is that we are in a principality war that has been waged in cyberspace. The definitive nature of truth has become nothing more than exposing of what is deemed right and expedient to meet carnal (worldly) needs.

The arrival of the twenty-first century ushered us into a technology-based reality. The onset of fake news exposes the question of ‘truth.’ Is truth determined by the conveyor or the recipient of what has been shared? There are so many factors in determining the truth. But these factors only affect this plane, Satan’s home. Absolute truth is only available to followers of Christ. Those of us that have received Christ as our Lord and Savior, know that truth is revealed throughout the Bible. Truth is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. It begins with God who is the Word, and the Word which is (all) truth.

The Word (Christ) was in the beginning. The Word was with God. The Word was God. John 1:1 NLV

My followers do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. 17 Make them holy for Yourself by the truth. Your Word is truth. 18 “As You sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world also. 19 I set Myself apart to be holy for them. Then they may be made holy by the truth. John 17:16-19 NLV

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:18 NKJV

He chose to give us birth through the Word of truth that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. James 1:18 ESV

God is the Word, the Word is truth, and he created us to share the truth. Why you may ask? God created us to replicate Him on earth and to share the truth. The Armor of God speaks to wearing the belt of truth as part of our daily armor to protect ourselves from false truth known today as fake news, to expose the fake truth and to share the Word which is (all) truth, also known as the ‘Good News.’

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth. Ephesians 6:14 KJV

Stand then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist. Ephesians 6:14 ESV

Earlier posts focused on the fact that as Christians we cannot be careless about who we are. We cannot allow carnal truths affect what we know to be the real truth, and we cannot become fearful of chaos created by fake news. We are to stand fast, not waver, and rest in the Word.

We have been commanded to reflect the qualities of Christ, to choose to emulate Him, allow his righteousness to flow through us and share the truth by exposing the (fake) carnal truth. We must share that God is the truth.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Chaos is of Satan, the truth is of God. Our salvation is through the acceptance of Christ which not only sets us free but sets us apart from the carnal lies and deceit of man.

Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:15-18

And consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they also do the rest of the Scriptures. You, therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.2 Peter 3:15-18 NKJV

Apologies are not a form of repentance. The world apologizes, makes visual changes and continues down its path of deception. Christians understand God’s truth and repent for committing sin. Christians seek redemption and renewal.

Do not be trapped in the lies perpetrated by the world. Do not be led away with the error of the wicked. Know our Lord is truth, and whether we suffer the world’s attacks here on earth, we are living our lives to hear our Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your master’s happiness.” Matthew 25: 23

 

 

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Door Posts

God’s Promise – The Blood frees us from destruction.

Door Posts symbolize the entry way to the inner sanctuary. 1 Kings 6:31. The inner sanctuary during the Old Testament (OT) was the inside of the Tabernacle. Today it is symbolic and includes our home and our being because the Holy Spirit indwells in each of us. We are the inner sanctuary where the Holy Spirit resides, as are our homes.

The doorposts were covered in blood in the OT to warn the spirit of destruction, sent by the Lord to pass the houses identified by the blood symbolizing the blood of Jesus. Exodus 12:7.

The symbolic blood means – no destructive plague can touch you or your home. It was also the forecast of the shedding of Jesus’ blood for us through his crucifixion. Jesus’ blood freed us from our sin and gave us a new life in Him. Putting the blood on the doorposts also symbolizes your faith in God.

The Pharisees often fastened small cases containing inscriptions on the doorposts of the Synagogues. The New Testament gave us the authority to command things to change in the Name of Jesus.

Doors are also a sign of deliverance from bondage, the doorposts frame the doors so they can stand erect and stable.

Placing inscriptions on the doorposts symbolizes deliverance by closing the door of oppression and slavery to our flesh and earthly ways to redemption in Christ.

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9, NIV

As Christians we often look at symbolism as just that. God often uses symbolism as a tangible tool to gauge our dependence on and obedience to Him.

Note – Doorpost image, the scribe suggested using white duck tape and a permanent marker to scribe verses on the doorposts.

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Scripture – BibleGateway.com

Resource – Pastor Jennifer, BTW Worship and Deliverance Center, USA. http://www.btwministries.org

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Renewable Spirit

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God’s Promise – I will renew your spirit day by day.

What a blessing, the inward man is renewed daily. Our lives are temporal, but our spirit is eternal. Despite what lies before us, the internal hidden man of the heart, the new man is in a prosperous condition; our souls are in good health; the work of God is comfortably carried on in us; we have sweet and repeated experiences of the love of God; we are growing in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ; and, like the palm tree, the more weight is hung upon it, the more it thrives; and, like the children of Israel in Egypt, the more they were afflicted the more they grew.

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Resource – John Gill Bible Exposition, paraphrased, Biblestudytool.com

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Is God Holding Out on Us?

Who has your ear? Who do you trust snd believe?

Study from: BibleStudyTools.com

Mark Altrogge

Friday, March 9, 2018

But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

Satan can’t force us to sin. So he tries the next best thing – to get us to doubt God’s word and character.

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He tempted Eve to doubt God’s word.

God had warned Adam and Eve that if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they’d die. Satan said, “You will not surely die.” He says to us, “Go ahead and sin, nothing will happen to you.” “You can sin just this once and it will be okay.” “Only one more time and you can quit tomorrow”  “God will forgive you.” “You’re saved, you won’t go to hell.” “No one will see you.”  “Everybody else does it, and nothing happens to them.”

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He tempted Eve to doubt God’s character.

“God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” In other words, “God’s holding out on you. Lying to you. He’s not good. He knows if you eat you’ll become like him and he doesn’t want that.”

God’s word is filled with promises which reflect his character. Promises to never cease doing good to us. To never leave nor forsake us. To be with us in trials, to be near us and hear us. To protect and deliver us from evil. To sustain, provide for, counsel and guide us.

But life throws things at us that seem to contradict God’s word and character. We lose a job or a loved one. We feel incredibly weak and helpless. We can’t see any possible solution to our dilemma.

“God doesn’t love you,” Satan whispers. “A loving God wouldn’t do this to you.” “If he were good he could have prevented this.” “God doesn’t answer prayer. After all, how many times have you asked and he hasn’t come through?”

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A Few Truths…

We don’t have to be going through tough times for the enemy to attack God’s word and character.

After all, Eve was in paradise. Satan will tempt us when things are going great. Perhaps he’ll tell us to ignore one of God’s warnings or commands to flee evil.

The devil doesn’t announce himself with a bullhorn.

“Satan here, feeding you lies to destroy you!” No – he presents these thoughts as our own. They are the “fiery darts” we must put out with the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:1-23). If they aren’t directly from Satan, they arise from our own unbelief. Either way, these thoughts challenge God’s character.

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A Charge for You…

Will we believe Satan’s lies or God’s word?

Will we believe God’s promises or our own interpretation of things? Eve looked at the fruit, and it appeared to be good for wisdom. So she believed her senses instead of God’s word.

Cling to God’s promises, no matter what fiery darts the enemy shoots at you.

Believe God’s promises even if all creation seems to contradict it. Believe God’s word over your strongest feelings. Of course to believe God’s promises, you must regularly take them in, for “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).

So what are you believing about God today?

Mark Altrogge has been senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Indiana, Pennsylvania, since 1982. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “I Stand in Awe” and “I’m Forever Grateful.” Mark and his wife, Kristi, have four sons and one daughter. Find out more on his blog, The Blazing Center.

Editor’s note: This article has been adapted from “Is God Holding out on You,” found here.

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Satan Never Rests; Experience the Joy of Forgiveness

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God’s Promises – I will forgive your sins. I will give you joy (in your heart). I will give your freedom.

The Power of Forgiveness is Joy. Last night during my sleep, Satan was at work. I dreamed that Psalm 32 was false.  Satan was attempting to trick me to believe that Psalm 32 was not of God. He does not want us to truly forgive, because there is freedom in forgiveness. If you hold on to past hurts, you have not forgiven and are bound by forgiveness. You reside in sin. Satan did not want me to share this message. You cannot imagine the difficulty in posting it. He does not want us to be free.

Well, Psalm 32 is entitled, The Joy of Forgiveness. David wrote this confession after sinning with Bathsheba. While many of us have not committed adultery, collusion, or murder, as David did but, we have sinned. If God could forgive David, He can certainly forgive us. There is nothing so horrible or despicable that God turns His head when we cry out.

Oh, what joy for those
    whose disobedience is forgiven,
    whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those
    whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt,
    whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,
    my body wasted away,
    and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
    My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. Interlude

Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
Psalm 32, NIV

Forgiveness goes beyond asking for forgiveness of sins we have committed, we must also Forgiveness4ask for forgiveness when we cannot forgive those who have sinned against us. When someone close sinned, and their sin affected us, we must forgive them. God cannot forgive us if we fail to forgive others. It is through this brokenness that God can forgive us.

“When we find ourselves discouraged because we have repeated a certain sin, turn to God in prayer. Ask Him to apply His forgiveness to your life and receive His mercy. He loves you and wants to enjoy your fellowship once again.

Confession clears our hearts spiritually and makes it possible for us once more to experience deep fellowship with God. Unconfessed sin makes us weak, discouraged, and ultimately miserable.”

The hope of those who are right with God is joy, but the hope of the sinful comes to nothing. Proverbs 10:28, NLV

Enjoy the Joy of the Lord. Confess your sins and experience His freedom.

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Scriptures – BibleStudy.com

Resource – Quotes, Life Principles Bible, Charles F. Stanley, Psalm 32, Life Lessons

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God Breathed

He breathed and gave us life.

Isn’t this statement profound? God breathed and created a universe, the atmosphere, the earth and everything on it, including us, all in seven days. But, he didn’t stop there. He gave us the Word.

He teaches us, prepares us, and equips us to make the correct decisions to do His work. To ensure we are involved in a relationship with Him, He provides the Bible as our handbook, and free will to make our own decisions and choose what is right. We decide if we want to follow His Word, or our sinful nature. He does not blind followers. He wants committed followers. He wants us to want Salvation.

Scripture

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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Scripture – Bible.com

Angels

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Angels exist, they are real. God created them below Christ and above man. They are spirit beings.

Angels are referred to between 294-305 times in the Bible. According to an article in Bible.org, the Old Testament references them 116 times and the New Testament 175 times.

Angels were created by God to serve Him and carry out His will. They were created to be lower than Jesus but higher than man. They are not human and exist through time as celestial beings.

Satan, once known as Lucifer, was God’s favorite, a melodic angel that revolted wanting to become. Ore powerful than God himself. He and his band of companion angels were rejected from heaven. They are referred to as fallen angels.

Angels are classified by God, their creator. There is more than one type of angel.

Angels are God’s ministering spirits.

Angels protect those who are heirs of Salvation.

Angels are spiritual creatures and are created holy, without sin.

Angels were created as creatures.

Angels cannot procreate, do not die and are eternal.

Angels can give us physical protection.

Guardian angels are real and upon God’s command look over us. See Psalm 91:11, Matthew 18:10, Ephesians 1:12,5-6; Eph 1:20, and Rev 20:3.

Angels are good and bad. Angels visit people. Good angels help us I. Dire times of need. Bad angels hold up our blessings in the second heaven and cause chaos and havoc on earth.

Images – LAB’s Photography; YouVersion, Bible.com

Resources – Angels, God’s Ministering Spirits. Bible.org; A gels by Part Robertson, CBN.org;

Scriptures – BibleGateway.com

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